State of Xbox 2022 | Laptop Mag

Xbox had an underwhelming year. While Xbox Game Pass continues to offer a compelling selection of first and third-party games, the company has suffered from a notable lack of exclusives, and in general, I’m disappointed by the performance of Xbox Game Pass on PC.

As the end of the year inches closer, we’re taking a look at each of the three major console manufacturers and analyzing how they fared in 2022, along with what we’re expecting to see from them next year. You can check out the state of PlayStation and state of Nintendo articles for an in-depth look at the other companies. As for all things Xbox, read on. 

State of Xbox exclusives 

Xbox doesn’t have much to boast about this year insofar as exclusives go. Ghostwire: Tokyo is probably the biggest first-party game it has that launched in 2022, but it’s still available exclusively on PlayStation 5 and PC (and not even through the Xbox app). This is due to Microsoft purchasing Bethesda after the company had already made a deal for exclusivity with PlayStation for both Ghostwire: Tokyo and Deathloop.

Ghostwire: Tokyo

(Image credit: Tango Gameworks)

Xbox’s most exciting proper exclusive of the year is, without a doubt, Pentiment. This bizarre, side-scrolling adventure mystery game from Obsidian Entertainment, the team behind Fallout: New Vegas and The Outer Worlds, launched to universal critical acclaim. Grounded also finally had its full release this year. Although it’s been in early access for quite some time, it also received considerable acclaim from critics.

But beyond that, this is all Xbox’s first-party library had to offer. The narrative adventure title As Dusk Falls was published by Xbox Game Studios, but Interior Night is a third-party developer. Console exclusives include Warhammer: 40,000 Darktide and Scorn, but neither were published by Xbox, and both received middling reception.

As Dusk Falls review: Stumbles while trying to shake things up

(Image credit: INTERIOR/NIGHT)

There’s not much else here in regards to Xbox exclusivity. Microsoft has announced plenty of upcoming games, many of which seem to be coming far in the future, but nothing imminent enough to make 2022 more exciting. We did have some Halo Infinite updates to look forward to, including the game finally including campaign co-op, but there’s not much else to say here.

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